Meet the Maker: Pazful Designs
Pazful Designs was started by Emily after she realized she wanted to turn her love of pottery into a profession. Emily remains committed to creating art for all people to enjoy, giving back to those in need (both people and animals), and working towards a more sustainable eco-friendly environment. Her pieces are extremely unique and she genuinely strives to provide engaging and thought provoking pieces to the world of ceramics.
Q: At what point in your life did you decide to pursue a creative path?
Emily: I decided to pursue a creative path after I spent a year working very hard for a promotion in my corporate job. I applied for the promotion three times within the span of a year and each time the same person interviewed me, and each time I got a resounding no, with not much feedback on how I could do better. After the third no I decided I needed to shake things up a bit. I had worked and been dedicated to this company for so many years and it clearly didn't value me. I knew that if I followed my dreams of being an artist I'd probably make the same amount of money as I had for that company, and at least I would value myself and my time.
Q: What was the last concert/show you attended?
Emily: I just went back to Austin, TX to go do Austin City Limits. If I had to pick going to an indoor show or outdoor music festival, I'd probably pick an outdoor venue. We're so lucky that we get to be so close to Redrocks! I did my first silent disco this year at ACL and it was so much fun! I never thought it would be something I would enjoy doing so I'm glad I got to experience it.
Q: Where did you grow up?
Emily: I grew up in rural Pennsylvania. I appreciate the fact that I grew up in a small town, however I am doubly appreciative that I no longer live there. I went to college in Vermont because I thought the state was beautiful and I love New England in general. After graduating from UVM I thought I never wanted to see snow again, so I moved down to Austin, TX in hopes of finding a gig in an art gallery or design firm. That never panned out because the wages that were being offered for full time jobs were abysmal. My best friend moved to Denver, CO and this was around the same time that I had been repeatedly applying for a job promotion. When I received the third no I was actually at the beginning of a solo 7 hour drive. I guess you could say I had a lot of time to reevaluate my life. In a single car ride I decided I was going to quit my job, get back to making art, and move to a different part of a country all at once. It definitely hasn't been easy, but I know it's worth it. I absolutely love living in Colorado.
Q: What do you love most about what you do?
Emily: I love that I'm doing something that makes me happy. As humans we spend so much time working and trying to make money to spend on the things we enjoy, so why not do the thing that you enjoy to make you money? At the root of it all, making art brings me so much joy and happiness. I only hope that other people view my art and get that same feeling as well.
Q: What album/song are you currently listening to?
Emily: I've been listening to a lot of Billie Eilish! I'm obsessed with her album from 2017 called don't smile at me. Big Gigantic, Kid Cudi, Kanye West, and Lizzo all make a lot of appearances in my music library.
Q: It's the weekend. What do you see yourself doing?
Emily: Exploring Denver, spending some quality time with my two dogs, eating excellent food.